The Lower School provides a challenging academic program in a nurturing, adventure-filled environment from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Inspiring
a desire for learning starts here - balancing
traditional instruction, experiential learning, and critical thinking. Besides offering a strong curriculum in the traditional basics (language arts,
mathematics, science, and history), interesting classes
in music, art, Spanish, research and library skills, physical education, science lab and technology complete a well-rounded educational and relational
experience. Other learning experiences at Whitefield
include a variety of after-school programs, chapel performances, I Love to Read Week, and Fine Arts Week.
Additionally, each class sponsors an annual service project. As part of our hands-on program, students in each grade maintain a plot in our garden, which
yields fruits and vegetables that then are served
as healthy choices for students in the cafeteria. Experiential learning by grade level takes student to an overnight visit to the zoo (observing nocturnal
traits of animals), a night spent in a cave (noting
underground structures and elements), and a marine biology excursion to coastal Georgia.
Jeannie Brostrand currently serves as the Lower School principal at Whitefield. Brostrand was working at another Atlanta Christian school when she was introduced to Whitefield by a friend. She taught first grade the inaugural year of Whitefield’s Lower School and progressed into her current leadership position, which she has held since 2005. Brostrand earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Purdue University and her Master’s in Teaching from DePauw University. She has taught first, third, and fourth grades, totaling 28 years in both private and public education. Brostrand believes her tenure at Whitefield is a calling; she is passionate about supporting teachers and assistants, partnering with our parents, and loving her Lower School students.